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waiting, they're dying, they're older. i say now is the time to do this. and now is the time to make these farmers whole for the few that are left. let's do the right thing and compensate them. so that we can move on with our lives. >> reporter: boyd is calling on congress to pass a stand-alone measure before the august break. but time is running out. the house recesses after next week. the senate a week late and there's still a number of big issues, including the confirmation of supreme court nominee, elena kagan, that the senate has to deal with, brianna keeler. as we begin the new hour, let's look at our top stories right now. efforts to drill a relief well are ramping up now that the storm threat has ended in the gulf of mexico. the drilling vessel has returned to the site of the project. designed to put a permanent end to the flow of oil from bp's ruptured well. officials say the storm threat delayed efforts by about a week.
and at least buildings and homes are destroyed and 1,000 more damaged after a dam failure in eastern iowa. officials blame the disaster on nearly ten inches of rain over 12-hour period. a swollen river broke a hole in that dam, about 45 miles north of cedar rapids, no reports of injuries. and crews are fighting a pair of wildfires along the california-nevada border north of reno. they cover a total of 775 acres and are stirl only partly contained. one residence and two outbuildings have burned. international forces are still searching for an american sailor abducted in afghanistan. a second sailor is believed to be dead. afghan sources tell cnn that the sailor's body was found in logar province. at a briefing in kabul, joint chiefs chairman admiral mike
mullen heading off-base in a nonmilitary suv. >> this is an unusual circumstance. to use the words in your question. certainly the focus of the mission still very much on the afghan people and it certainly is to engage with them. so again, i don't have all the details here and i'm not sure i'm exactly where we stand. but it is a reminder of both the dangers as well as the care with which we must take in terms of executing the totality of mission. >> we're hearing from those afghan sources that the missing sailor was wounded in a firefight with taliban militants, the u.s. military is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the abduction. and this year is shaping up to be the deadliest since the war in afghanistan began. 52 service members have died there this month. the high was 60 last month and we should also point out that
the u.s. has more troops in afghanistan than ever before. the death toll for the year so far is 253. it's 6:00 in the morning in south korea and there's a major show of force going on right now. the united states and south korea's military both engaged in war games. t the four-day drill has grabbed north korea's attention, which was actually the point. cnn's ken law has more from seoul. >> reporter: even through the overnight hours here in south korea the u.s. military says that the exercises are ongoing and will continue 24 hours a day until wednesday asia time. it is a large joint military operation between south korea and the united states. 8,000 military personnel, some 20 ships and submarines and 200 aircraft involved. but it's not just the size that is notable, according to the
u.s. navy, it's the timing. this is the first major joint operation to take place off the coast of south korea since the sinking of the south korean warship. 46 crew members did die in that incident. and an international investigation led by south korea did find that north korea was response iible for the sinking the warship. the north has vigorously said it has nothing to do with the sinking of the ship. the u.s. defense department noting that this was going to be taking place, said that this military exercise was going to send quote a clear message to north korea that it needs to stop its provocative and war-like behavior. the north has ratcheted up its own rhetoric, saying as it started, as all of this started off the coast, that it would quote, react to sword-brand issuing in kind and it would react to both dialogue and war. and it was unphased by military threat and sanctions. tensions have been rising here
on the korean peninsula since the sinking of the warship. but this new sign of force this war games off the coast of the korean peninsula has certainly turned things up a step. cnn, seoul. taking a plunge in the gulf of mexico to check on marine life. that's what our amber lyon did, you don't want to miss her adventure aboard a mini sub.
here's the latest on what's going on in gulf of mexico. the vessel that engineers have been using to drill a relief well is back on site near the ruptured bp deepwater well. ships crit kalg for work on the well started returning saturday afternoon after tropical storm bonnie lost its punch. but officials in the gulf warn other storms still present a threat to the clean-up efforts. meanwhile the british press is reporting that bp's embattled ceo tony hayward will resign within the next 24 hours. bp has not confirmed that report. so, how has marine life and the deep coral reefs enduringed the oil spill in the gulf?
cnn's amber lyon got a unique and rare view to try to find out, she's joining us from st. petersburg, florida, you were in a special vessel, a submersible to get a close look. what did you see? >> well, fredricka, we got to go down, such a unique experience, we got to ride down in manned submersible, it looks like something out of a science fiction movie. it's got a big glass dome on the front that gives you almost a 360-degree view. we were able to see a lot of the marine life. we saw jellyfish, different types of fish, also types of sponges in these deepwater reefs that one of our scientists was saying could be used in the future to possibly create medicines to fight breast cancer and other cancers like pancreatic cancer. now we went out to a reef about 88 miles off the coast of florida, about 200 miles give or take a little from the deepwater horizon spill site. and with this manned submersible, scientists are saying that it really helps them be able to see what's going on
under water and survey for damage. in the past, most scientists have been using these rov's where they control them from up on the boat. but the scientists say nothing beats actually being in the water at that time. what we didn't see was any visible oil or any visible signs of damage to this reef. but we did take some samples of corals and sponges and we brought them back up onto the vessel into their lab, which is almost similar to a crime scene lab. they were literally cutting pieces of tissues of sponges and storing them as you would store human tissue to preserve it. they're later going to give those samples to a lab to be tested for oils and dispersants and for any types of damage. these scientists are estimating it may take several months before they get the results of those tests back. fredricka? >> if the scientists with you say they saw no visible damage from the oil, do they feel like this reef is representative of other deepwater reefs in the
area? and that their conclusion is on the surface -- that there is no damage to these reeves as a result of the oil? >> well fredricka, as of now, that's a good question. i asked the scientists that myself. they've been going out around the florida coast towards the gulf of mexico surveying all types of reeves and they say they haven't seen any visible damage so far. but they don't want to come to any conclusions. because as many scientists have found, some of this dispersed oil is not visible to the human eye. they want to wait until they get the chemical tests back on these tissues. >> amber lyon thanks so much from st. petersburg, florida. nasty storms particularly in the mid-atlantic area. let's check with our bonnie schneider, how is it looking, still tornado warnings? >> fred, finally i don't have to say that no tornado warnings now, but that can always change. we've got big-time storms rolling through all the way from the carolina coast, particularly as you head northward towards the jersey shore and then the
east end of long island, the hamptons where everyone going for a nice weekend, is getting hammered with powerful storms there, as well as the north fork and on into connecticut and rhode island. these storms are rolling through. they really did some damage in york, pennsylvania, i was just checking the areas there. they had some reports of wind damage in the york, area. as well as washington, d.c. and fairfax, virginia, there was also some reports of wind damage. so these are powerful storms kind of that are not over yet. there's severe thunderstorm watch boxes that are shrinking from west to east because the storms are moving eastward rapidly. and we run the risk of severe weather where we're watching for powerful storms that can contain wind gusts. one was clocked in delaware at 69 miles per hour and also in pennsylvania, so we're seeing extremely intense winds, almost hurricane-force with the storms, so very intense indeed. the bigger picture to show you is that the front will help to break the heat that's been facing the area and there's still flooding happening in york, i mentioned where the rough weather was. and there was a tornado warning
earlier. here's the cold front as it works across the country. it will pull down improving conditions, not really like a heat breaker completely. it will still be hot out there. but at least we'll get some better conditions than what we've been seeing. it's been a constant string of hot weather and oppressive conditions with the heat index climbing up to 110 degrees. yesterday, richmond, virginia, just really, the thermometer didn't stop going up. it hit 105 yesterday in richmond. and today we're likely to see more heat building. it's hots here in the south across georgia, alabama, mississippi. we have heat advisories. one thing to note, we're starting to see the heat advisories drop from north to south. so new york, philly, you were under a heat advisory, that's expired. but we still facing the threat of very severe weather. and since it is a sunday, a lot of you are traveling or maybe heading back home. to point out the weather is affecting travel. we have ground stops at the airports in new york city, into
boston departure delays and new jersey reporting delays. i wasn't surprised to see the airport delays, i thought it would be worse with the severe weather rolling through. >> otimes on a sunday it is nasty. >> you just want to get home. >> you can't wait to get away and then you can't wait to get home. >> thanks so much, bonnie, appreciate it. i guess you've noticed these days -- smaller families outs there. an increasingly common sight in these tough economic times. it's a temporary trend or perhaps is it a sign of things to come? we'll take a hard look at the numbers and exam the facts and fiction surrounding only children. progressive has lots of discounts on car insurance. can i get in on that? are you a safe driver? yes. discount! do you own a home? yes. discount! are you going to buy online? yes! discount! isn't getting discounts great? yes! there's no discount for agreeing with me. yeah, i got carried away. happens to me all the time. helping you save money -- now, that's progressive.
a look at the top stories right now, it's been ten years since a concorde jet crashed into hotel near paris. a memorial service was held to remember the 113 people who died. the slump in demand led to concorde's retirement in 2003. u.s. and south korean military exercises are under way as tensions with north korea escalate. 8,000 military personnel are taking part in this three-day
drill off the south korean coast. u.s. officials say the exercises are in response to the deadly sinking of a south korean ship blamed on the north. pyongyang has blasted the drill and says it is ready for both dialogue and war. and alberto contador wins the tour de france. it's the spaniard's third victory in four years. he cruised into paris well ahead of lance armstrong. the final stage was delayed while armstrong's team changed jersey jerseys. they had wanted to wear jerseys in support of people living with cancer, but were overruled. this tough economy, it's causing many people to actually cut back in so many different ways. even apparently on the number of children they have. in a recent survey, 64% of women with household incomes below $75,000 said they can't afford to have a baby right now. and some couples are choosing to stop at one for other reasons.
social psychologist susan neumann is the author of "parenting an only child" and she joins us live from new york right now. hi, good to see you, susan. >> good to see you. >> so if the economy is one reason why people are choosing to have only one child, what might be the other reasons? >> the economy is one factor right now, but the trend has been going on since the '90s. we're following europe. and the reasons range from women are working, more women are working. they are feeling the stress of working. the divorce rates are high, so you have a baby and then you don't have time to have another one. also, infertility is becoming increasingly a problem. the reasons just keep escalating. and the trend is more and more
predominant. we're living now according to many surveys, in a much more adult-centered lifestyle rather than a child-centered lifestyle. so with women starting to have their babies at 35, they want to travel, they see the only child as more flexible. and those are just some of the reasons. i mean it just goes on and on. >> that's quite the host of reasons. so it sounds like it's more so because of circumstances than purely choice? >> well it's choice, it's circumstance. and it's the fact that people are realizing you can be a parent and you can be a mother and you can be a father if you have one child. and they're looking at particularly at the stress factor. and the policies in this country, the work-life policies
are when you compare them with other countries, just terrible. for example, if you look -- >> it's depressing. >> i'm sorry, i didn't mean to depress you. >> informative, but depressing. >> if you look at sweden, they give, they have a parental leave policy of 390 days. that's 13 months that mother and father can divide up into hourly blocks. i mean, consider what we have in this country. you have, you have three months, if you're lucky. and women want to keep their jobs. and right now, many women need to keep their jobs. there are more women in the workforce than there are men right now. we finally did it, women. >> if you break it down to the economics, which was the first thing out of the gate, it's $ 280,000 to raise a child and that's based on some estimates through high school. so you focus all of this, money
on the one child, say for example, you don't expand and have you know, more kids there are a lot of myths, i guess, some would put it associated with the only child that perhaps the only child will grow up to be a little less social or spoiled. and you say as the author of, you know "parenting an only child" what to those things? >> i say they're absolutely not true. they're based on studies that were done in 1896. and have perpetuated for 100-plus years. and it's like with any group, you get an image and a picture and this dies hard. only children are no more lonely than other children. children today are socialized so early. you put, you have your child in day care. in pre-k and then in school. when those studies were done, children lived in very isolated areas, so they didn't have, learn how to share and be
empathetic. so even the myth about children being independent versus dependant, and people have in their heads that only chilled are very clingy and dependant. and quite the opposite is true. because only children want to be with their peers. they're outgoing, they want to be social. so this millilitall adjusted -- >> i'm wondering if the trend you talked about, working families, working mothers do you see this is going to continue for some while. or do you see that there's likely to be a turn in things in terms of how people plan on their families? >> i don't think people are going to go back to large families, even if the economy changes. women are hard-core in their jobs. they're not giving them up. and i don't see it changing at
all. i think this trend we're following europe. you know and japan for example, and european countries. that we, we're not at replacement level. they're at 1.3 in japan. and we're, we're at replacement level only because of immigration. >> interesting. susan newman, fascinating topic. "parenting an only child" is the name of the book that you authored. thanks for your time, appreciate that. >> thank you. >> and definitely more informative than depressing, how's that? >> definitely. only-child families are fabulous. people just need to redefine "family." >> thanks so much, susan, appreciate that. all right, preparing for the new law that many will be seeing go into effect this week. arizona's sheriff is clearing space. we'll see how he's getting ready for the state's new immigration law that kicks in this week. plus our josh levs with the
a federal judge is considering challenges to arizona's new immigration law. it's scheduled to take effect next thursday, unless the judge issues an injunction to stop enforcement. but as cnn in espanol's valerie fernando reports, the police have set aside extra policemen just in case. >> under arizona's new immigration enforcement law, this sheriff wants to put them in an outdoor facility. >> under that new law, they book them into this jail, they're going into these tents. we have room for 100 to begin
with. and if we have to make room for 500 to 1,000, we will do that. >> he has held illegal immigrants and other prisoners in the tent city for exactly 17 years. the expanded area will be called section 1070, after the new law, which goes into effect next week. and requires police to ask anyone stopped for a possible crime to prove their citizenship. critics point out that temperatures under the tents could reach over 120 degrees fahrenheit. 50 degrees celsius here in the summer. >> i would like to see some of the people that put us in here to see what it's like in the here. it's really not right. >> our men and women are fighting for our country, they're living in iraq right now, the temperature is the same as here, did you know that? why don't they feel sorry for our soldiers? why are they concerned about these convicted immates living in tents? activists opposed to the new law say the sheriff is going too
far. he's playing with the law. in this country, how can we allow for the sheriff to mistreat the people that he jails? the sheriff has been accused of racial profiling. regardless of the law's future, the sheriff says he plans to continue his pursuit of illegal immigrants in his city and says he can make plenty of room in this tent city for those who are arrested. for cnn international, valerie fernandez, phoenix, arizona. what's in the arizona legislation? cnn's josh levs has been piecing through it all. what are the highlights? >> it's complicated because it's gone through so much conversions along the way. there have been changes along the way. i want to start off with a little bit of language here. that will help you get a basic idea of where we're coming from. this is the part that's gained a lot of attention. this is one section i want to share, it says for any lawful contact that law enforcement
makes where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is unlawfully present in the united states, a reasonable attempt shall be made when practicable, to determine the immigration status. now clearly we're talking about a lot of legal language here. but there's a lot of room in there. you're talking about "when practicable" and you're talking about "reasonable." what you have in the very beginning of the conversation is a lot of opportunities as both sides say, to interpret it in their own ways, right? to say what's practicable, what's reasonable. it also says except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. this is something that has concerned some people along the way as they followed the language in the bill. they say they want to make sure that people are not afraid to go to police if there's some kind of investigation going on. because they're afraid that having the lawful contact will then lead police to check the immigration status. they want to make sure that this won't hurt investigations of all types into all sorts of crimes that may be going on.
i want to tell you about another trick here. something that's complicated it. an important piece of language in this bill. there was a time when this bill said, and i'll tell you about it fred it said for a while that law enforcement may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing certain requirements in this bill. now that was changed, that's one of the changes the governor made to take "solely" out. it says in the latest version that race in that sense cannot be considered in choosing the requirement or rather in following the requirements of this bill. but what we still have in this debate are two sides that say they've actually read every word in this. this isn't like one of those cases in washington where you see people debate something and neither side has read it. what they see is the same language and different ways it can go. you have the governor and you have the entire side that supports this bill. saying what it does really what a lot of the bill is about here, is about the state saying it has the right to enforce federal law. they're saying that federal law
does oversee immigration and they have every right to enforce it and nothing can get in the way. they're laying out how to enforce the federal law. what you have on the other side is people saying no matter how you change the bill, the reality they fear on the ground is police could make the choice, based on someone's race in their own mind to stop them for a traffic violation to stop them for a technically unlawful reason. that's why that side says they think they'll be profiling. >> it will be an interesting week unfolding. we know that the justice department is trying to do what it can to make sure that this law does not go into effect come thursday. but that, too, has to run through the judicial system. so we'll see exactly what happens later on this week. >> this will be instructive to all states everywhere. not only in the way it battles out who has control over this kind of issue. but if you're going to create a law, how do you word it, how do you stab it in order to pass that kind of scrutiny. immigration is just one of the issues that could influence voters in the upcoming
congressional election. so how are people leaning? cnn deputy political director paul stein hauser is checking the pulse and the polls. >> fred, we're now just 100 days away if november's mid-term elections. up for grabs on november 2, the democrats' large majority in the house and senate and their lead in governorships, where do things stand right now. in may when we asked if you would vote for a generic republican or democrat in your district, things were tied up. but in our new national poll, the republicans now have a five-point advantage. what about independent voters? according to our survey, they say they would vote for the republican candidate by a 2-1 margin. independent vote remembers crucial, their support helped the democrats win the last two elections. which party has got more energy right now? our indicates 47% of republicans are very or extremely enthusiastic about voting right now. that's 15 points higher than democratic voters. remember, the mid-terms are still 100 days away and people can change their minds.
fred? >> just 100 days, that's extraordinary. thanks so much, paul. a new york police officer injured in the line of duty gets back on his feet and into the yankees clubhouse. >> this is very exciting. >> we were trying to go do sleep, but we couldn't. >> a real-life hero comes face to face with his personal sports heroes. that story, straight ahead. ♪ people say i'm forgetful. maybe that's why we go to so many memorable places. love the road you're on. the subaru outback. motor trend's 2010 sport/utility of the year.
there are all kind of heroes, some are stars of sports, others stars in everyday life and yesterday, those two words collided. >> 31-year-old officer carlos almedo, his wife, baby and sergeant from his 62nd precinct are vips today at the yankees stadium. he's a living, breathing miracle. he also almost killed in the line of duty in may when he was struck by a motorcycle trying to chase down suspects in brooklyn. his head trauma was so severe, he was in a coma for 11 days. everyone thought he wouldn't make it, but he did. the first face he recognized was on television in his hospital room. his hero, number two, derek jeter. so today, the yankees made his dream come true. he's going to meet derek jeter and so much more. >> this is very exciting. >> i was trying to go to sleep, but we couldn't. we were so excited. >> before he meets jeter,
someone was waiting for him in the clubhouse. >> nice to see you, how are you? >> i'm all right. >> and who is this? >> this is our son. >> i had to take a picture of this. >> you know, if you're going to be around us, we're going to make you a catcher. >> then jorge posada wantsed to meet him, too. >> i just pinched myself real quick here. oh, my god. >> oh, yeah, then we got free rein in the yankees' dugout. >> this is great. >> this is pretty cool, huh? >> yes, it is. >> what do you think, just standing in the dugout? >> it's, i'm speechless right now. >> guess who surprised us, next. >> he loves the yankees, the first thing on his mind were the yankees. >> has he met derek? >> he's going to. >> here comes the captain. >> it's nice to meet you.
>> and when we told derek, his first words coming out of the coma were "derek jeter" it depends on what he said first. >> he was watching a yankee game and i asked him, who's number two and he said, derek jeter and it was amazing, because he didn't remember anybody. >> derek, you're amazing, you really are. >> no problem, i didn't do anything. >> he's your hero. >> hey, what can you say. >> oh, yeah, they put us on the big screen, too. can't get any cooler than this. >> so, so sweet. olmedo got to watch the game in style from the owners' suite. all right well for some of you this has been a pretty stormy, pretty terrifying weekend in large part. we'll look at what happened in upstate new york when a tornado blew in from nowhere. the weather update straight ahead.
a look at the top stories right now. reports from afghanistan say one of two missing american servicemen has been killed. two u.s. sailors disappeared friday in logar province, a provincial official said one of the bodies has been found. a taliban spokesman says the dead man was killed in a firefight. he says the other american is alive and in a safe location. and efforts to drill a relief well are ramping up again now that the storm threat has eased in the gulf of mexico. the drilling vessel has returned to the site of the project designed to put a permanent end to the flow of oil from bp's ruptured well. officials say the storm threat
sent efforts back by about a week. and crews are still fighting a pair of wildfires along the california-nevada border north of reno. they cover a total of 775 acres. and they're still only partly contained. one residence and at least two outbuildings have burned. the fires are blamed on lightning. let's check in with our bonnie schneider. because there's been a lot of tornadic activity along the east coast, strange stuff. >> from the jersey shore to long island's south shore, we've seen severe weather break out on a busy sunday where a lot of people were heading to the shore to get relief from the heat, it's been so hot out there. you can see the storms still rolling through. we're getting a lot of intensity with it particularly in delaware and maryland. we've had reports of wind damage as the storms continue to persist. and roll across the jersey shore. working their way towards coastal delaware and certainly through the hamptons and long island. now up towards boston. up in boston the weather is not as intense as it is further
south. i think it's much worse in the mid-atlantic in terms of severity. so some severe thunderstorm watches are in effect through 7:00 tonight. they may get extended longer than that. that includes new york and more of the western areas into new jersey. philadelphia, through dover, delaware and washington, d.c. these orange boxes you see here right now are severe thunderstorm warnings. even if it's not a tornado warning, you could get a sudden gust of wind at 60 miles per hour or even greater. so that makes it very damaging as well. we're tracking this severe weather. we're also tracking other stories across the country. you saw the threat, the dwf wildfires, this is important to know. parts of nevada and california are under red flag warnings. dry lightning strikes, low humidity and gusting winds. heavy rain through the southern plains, this front, the big weather-maker coming through, causing severe weather in many locations, particularly in pennsylvania today. behind it, it's nice, which is good because illinois could use a break.
they had so much flooding on friday, it will be better weather. we'll see improving conditions there, which is good news. but it will take a little while to dry out. that's why we have flood watches in advance of that. across the south, in the gulf coast, stormy through south florida, it's been ongoing in miami-dade area. all the way across i-10. if you're driving on florida's panhandle into alabama, into mississippi you'll still have to deal with some isolated showers and thunderstorms. and as we go also into the work week, you're probably wondering, will we get any relief from the heat? i would say the answer is yes. particularly if you live i'd say north of the d.c. area, we're starting to see these advisories for the oppressive, excessive heat warnings break down from north to south. so they're kind of popping off the map through the evening hours. it will still feel like it's 100 degrees in raleigh, north carolina tomorrow and likely, as well into virginia, but as the front works through, it will pull down less-oppressive air. it won't be dramatic, but it will feel better which is good news there. let's check the airports once
again for those of you flying maybe trying to get home on a busy sunday evening. i know a lot of people are watching us from the airport monitors. maybe you're delayed if you're in boston or new york oregon any of the airports there because of the storms rolling through. you know it doesn't only take the thunderstorms, we could have low visibility with the clouds lingering behind it. we're watching for delays in d.c. as well as into new jersey. the good news is that once these storms roll through, and they will within the next two hours, i think for the monday morning business traveler, you'll be looking at better conditions. so to get through the storms tonight. like i said -- >> don't fly tonight, fly tomorrow. >> fly early tomorrow. take the first flight. you get the least amount of delays. >> it sounds good, thanks so much, bonnie. from poverty in south africa to a ballet company here in the united states. we'll tell you about a young dancer's leap of faith, next. overactive bladder. h n i don't always let the worry my pipes might leak compromise what i like to do. i take care with vesicare.
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spots in a local dance company that could be their ticket outs of poverty. director jeremy simmons was compelled to tell the story. >> the kids were amazing. i mean the kids were amazing and i knew after that first day that -- these kids would speak to a broader audience, you know. they had incredible personalities, they were so open and honest. and talented, you know? it was -- i was blown away. >> it was the end of a dream for sebakli shabika, when she didn't make the company. or so she thought. >> i was so hurtful inside. i thought my dancing, i will never be able to be a dancer again. >> when the film made it to hbo, it prompted an email from one viewer, which set in motion a chain of events that has now changed sebakli's life. >>. i was so overwhelmed by the
circumstances of the dancer, her environment that she was raised in. that she lived in shanties. the poverty-stricken shanties. but that she had a desire far beyond the reach of her environment. i felt compelled and to email atlanta ballet and express to them that if they could be so kind, would they please outreach to her and to the producer and bring her to the united states. >> after viewing the film, the head of the atlanta ballet's school for dancers offered sebakli a full scholarship. >> i watched it and i knew immediately that i wanted to invite sebakli to atlanta for the summer for our summer program. that she should not give up dance. that even though those decisions were made at that time, you know, know, she has so much passion and so much spirit and determination that i wanted to give her another opportunity. >> i was excited to know that people who are willing to me to continue dancing.
and i'm really thankful for the offer. what they did. >> the long journey from south africa to atlanta began. and sharon's story quickly saw sebakli's commitment. >> when she arrived, i knew who she was immediately. and we hugged immediately. next day, i said you can take the day off because the day off had been traveling for -- i think it was 48 hours she had been traveling, and she was like, no. so she showed up at 9:00 in the morning the next day and did the full day, no problem. i was very proud of her. >> sibockley said initially she was nervous and tense but knew she had to push herself because of the school's high standards. [ applause ] >> after a recent screening of the film, an emotional sibockley was able to thank rosemary ringer for helping her accomplish her dream. >> i will never forget it, and i
will appreciate her because if it wasn't for her, maybe i would never be in atlanta. i'm very thankful. >> i believe we are spread among each other. i believe we all have a heart and we were all a teenager once and we want to see a dream come true. >> the greatest lesson sibockley learned, perhaps, may not have come from the dance floor. >> i hope she takes from this experience that she can do it if this is a desire that she has that, there are many opportunities. that once a door closes, you have to always look for the other door, that there always will be another door. >> i want to be sure that one day it's going to happen. >> but wait, there's more. sibockley will perform with the
atlanta ballet on july 31st and then she heads back to south africa to finish school. the atlanta ballet has invited her to come back and finish her learning in atlanta. they are lining up in the heat in a desperate effort to save their homes. people like watching it rain, as long as they're not outside. but, i'm a home. i'm always outside. i make being inside possible. look, do me a favor. get flood insurance. floods can devastate your home.
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mortgages are lined up for help. sandra rendell reports. >> lined up, camping out, trying to save their homes. thousands of homeowners across the nation are looking for relief at this housing fair in washington. >> that would be $508 that you're looking to put back into your income. >> this woman is one of them. >> we've been struggling because we know the mortgage is the most important bill, and we want to get help now before we get too far behind and end up losing the house. >> after an orientation with non-profit housing experts and talking with a counselor, sanders then gets to sit down face to face with her lender to hash out better terms. >> on to the banks. >> going to the bank. >> good luck. >> thank you. >> beithe representatives say i makes sense for someone like sanders who is trying to stay
afloat. >> the homeowner gets to stay in their home. that is a great value for anybody. >> not that we're just saving homes. we're saying marriages and in some cases saying lives. it's that personal. >> washington's loan modification program has been criticized for not doing enough to help homeowners. treasury secretary timothy geithner admits it's off to a slow start but says the administration is tackling the ongoing housing problem. >> we brought a measure of stability to housing prices, interest rates have come down dramatically, millions of americans have been able to take advantage of lower rates, which is more money in their pockets. >> events like this one still attacking thousands of homeowners, so the federal government needs to do more to fix the struggling housing prices. they need help right now. >> i didn't get a solution right now, but that's not a bad thing.
we haven't had an updated appraisal on it. because my mortgage is now upside down, they need to determine the actual value. definitely a learning experience. i've got my fingers crossed. i'll know in ten days. >> sandra ento, cnn, washington. >> good luck to her and so many others in that same predicament. i'll see you back here next weekend. david mattingly has just landed at the deepwater horizon rig. he'll tell us what he saw straight ahead in the newsroom.